Megan Ansdell

Welcome! I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Integrative Planetary Sciences (CIPS) at the University of California, Berkeley. I study the evolution of protoplanetary disks and the formation of exoplanet systems using a variety of observatories, including the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and the Kepler spacecraft. I also recently participated in the 2018 NASA Frontier Development Lab, which pairs Machine Learning experts with science researchers to tackle challenges in the space sciences; my group focused on classifying exoplanet transits for the upcoming Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission.

I completed my PhD at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii in July 2017. My thesis with Jonathan Williams, which won the 2017 IAU PhD Prize for Planetary Science, focused on conducting large-scale, high-sensitivity surveys of protoplanetary disks at (sub-)mm wavelengths using ALMA. Additionally, I work with Eric Gaidos on young "dipper" stars using Kepler data, as well as the UV evolution of nearby M dwarfs using GALEX data.

Previously, I obtained a Masters in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University, where I focused on international cooperation in space science and exploration. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, surfing, and traveling.